Banqueting House  

 
 
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Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ER
 
 
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Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm(Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time). The attraction may be subject to closure at short notice for functions.
 

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Banqueting HouseIn its heyday Banqueting House (the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace) was the largest royal palace in Europe and continues to host many royal and social occasions. The palace originally started life in the 14th century as one of the Archbishop of York's homes. A devastating fire in the early 1600s led to the edifice being rebuilt by Inigo Jones. Due to its isolated position, the Banqueting House survived a second subsequent fire, which razed the rest of the palace to the ground and it eventually became a royal chapel. From Henry VIII to James I, the building echoes with royal connections, the most sinister of which has to be hosting the execution of Charles I during the English Civil War. Charles II marked his restoration to the throne here 20 years later. The building is as architecturally significant as it is historically celebrated, introducing as it did a delicate Italianate Renaissance style unmatched in Jacobean society. It was the first building in England to use crown glass in its windows, while the fabulous Ruben's ceiling painting, commissioned by Charles I, is the only Rubens scheme painted by him to remain in its original position.

 

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Westminster Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Trafalgar
 
4 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £154  29% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 2 minutes from Banqueting House
Emulating the style of a French chateau, this grand Victorian residence, built in 1884, occupies a prime location within Westminster. It's worth staying at the Grade ... More
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £325  39% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 3 minutes from Banqueting House
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
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2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Admiralty Arch
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
The Mall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 6 minutes from Banqueting House
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
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Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Banqueting House
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Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Banqueting House
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Household Cavalry Museum
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Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Banqueting House
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Banqueting House, The Mall, SW1Y | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Banqueting House, Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y | 7 minutes from Banqueting House
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London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Haymarket Theatre Royal
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Haymarket, SW1Y | 7 minutes from Banqueting House
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Banqueting House
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18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 8 minutes from Banqueting House
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Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Banqueting House
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The Lobby Lounge, Corinthia Hotel London, 10 Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Banqueting House
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 12 minutes from Banqueting House
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 12 minutes from Banqueting House
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 16 minutes from Banqueting House
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Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Banqueting House
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Red Lion Pub
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48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Banqueting House
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10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Banqueting House
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Walkers Of Whitehall
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15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Banqueting House
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12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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Banqueting House
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Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Banqueting House
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King Charles Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Banqueting House
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